will be an exciting and challenging event! There will be many employers
from around the country attending. The following strategies will
help you make the most of WERF.
1. Doors will open at 2:00pm. Meeting with districts runs continuously until 7:00pm. Each district has its own method
for meeting with candidates. Some are there to provide information about their districts and will pass resumes on to hiring officials. Others may be directly conducting interviews. Some districts have posted a "WERF Vacancy" on WECAN prior to the Fair. Be alert, APPLY to these vacancies in order to be considered for pre-scheduled interviews. Be prepared to engage with district representatives in whatever way you can.
Try to contact
the schools in which you are interested. Introduce yourself, express your interest in the
district, leave a resume, and obtain an application blank. Even
a casual contact can lead to a job - BE ASSERTIVE. If a district does not list your certification, do not let this deter you from meeting with the district. They may not have a current opening, however that could change over the summer. Use this opportunity to make a good impression.
only have 15 minutes to present yourself-- so be prepared!
Be prepared to give a brief, thumb-nail sketch
of your professional self, including answers to the following:
- Describe your teaching style.
is your preferred classroom management style?
What is your philosophy of teaching?
can you contribute to the school system?
would you be a successful teacher?
have you learned from your teaching experiences?
courses/subjects are you competent to teach?
are your strengths and weaknesses?
do you want to teach?
Remember - you may have only 15 minutes to
present yourself as the best candidate for the job. Be enthusiastic
and honest. Follow the lead of the recruiter, answer questions with
more than just a "yes" or "no"; always give
additional positive information about yourself in response to a
question. Find out what you need to do next to follow up on the
interview, and keep in mind that you can still apply to districts
which you are not able to contact during WERF.
Cancelling a scheduled interview - If you decide
not to meet with a district during a pre-scheduled appointment, please leave a
message for the interviewer at the REGISTRATION / INFORMATION TABLE, including
the time of the meeting. It is most inconsiderate to just not
show up. You may be keeping someone else from meeting with the district,
and it leaves a poor impression of you with the recruiter.
Always follow up your meetings with a thank-you
district cancellations occur occasionally or a DISTRICT MAY LEAVE EARLY OR BEFORE 7:00PM. If
a school district you are interested in is not there, you can
leave your resume in the folder at the district Table and we will send it
on to the school district.
8. Food will not be sold at the event. Plan ahead to pack a snack or bring a beverage.